Artists have long labored to capture the sublime through sensual stimuli evoked by visual imagery. Spend a few hours before a Bierstadt landscape or a depthless Rothko color block, and you'll start to get it. It's a romantic notion that survives even in our technological age. The CU Art Museum brings the idea to light in Techno/Sublime, an exhibition and symposium that gathers artists' works created through technological media such as projections, digital and cyber-images, photographs and computer-mediated installations. Festivities begin with an opening reception tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Sibell Wolle Fine Arts Building, Broadway and Euclid Avenue in Boulder. Tomorrow's symposium, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., includes lectures, discussions and artist presentations; at 7 p.m., participating artist Lynn Hershman will screen her film Teknolust in Muenzinger Auditorium. All events are free; for more information, call 303-492-8300 or visit www.colorado.edu/cuartgalleries. -- Susan Froyd
Freedom Flicks WED, 2/9
With the breakout success of Sylvain Chomet's 2003 animated film Les Triplettes de Belleville -- which garnered Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Feature and Best Song, as well as numerous top prizes at festivals around the world -- animation from France has been thrust into the spotlight. Accordingly, festivals and film series alike are mining that country's plentiful supply of colorful and creative animated works. Local audiences can get their fix of French flicks from the University of Colorado at Boulder's International Film Series; beginning today and continuing through Friday, the series will present French Animation, with screenings at 7 and 9:15 p.m. nightly in CU's Muenzinger Auditorium. Nearly forty films have been selected on the basis of five themes: whodunits and chases; taking flight; the menagerie; modern tales; and familiar and unusual worlds. Tickets are $5, $4 for CU students. Call 303-492-1531 or go to www.internationalfilmseries.com. -- Adam Cayton-Holland
Off the Wall Andenken Gallery mixes it up with street-culture art. FRI, 2/4
Bow down to the sheer bounty of talent revealed in Submit to Print, a new exhibit at Andenken Gallery featuring the works of more than 35 of the nation's coolest ink-slingers.
"Our goal is to put forth the good stuff," says Andenken director Hyland Mather.
Make that great stuff. Nailed to the gallery's exposed-brick walls will be prints culled from the traveling exhibition Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture, limited-edition works from such urban legends as Gummo director Harmony Korine, Beastie Boys cohort Ari Marcopoulos and skateboarding legend Ed Templeton.
"Many of the artists in this show are like my heroes. I mean, Ed Templeton? That dude is the cold nuts," says Mather. "The chance to work with so many of these killer artists in a single stroke is like a dream."
Submit to Print opens tonight at 7 p.m. and hangs through March 26 at Andenken, 2110 Market Street. Call 303-292-3281 or visit www.andenken.com. -- Kity Ironton